Agreement reached to fund $450 million in water and wastewater upgrades between Canada and BC; Dawson Creek included

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – An agreement has been reached for the Government of Canada to fund $225,067,721.00 towards the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and Dawson Creek is included.

Dawson Creek will be receiving water treatment plant upgrades. The funding from the Canadian government will be mixed with provincial, municipal and other funding. $2,249,000.00 will come from the federal government, 1,484,340.00 will be Provincial funding and $746,660.00 will be municipal funding. The project is scheduled to begin on December 15th of this year.

Mayor of Dawson Creek, Dale Bumstead says that it will be of great benefit.

“The strength of our community is building core infrastructure. This partnership with the Provincial and Federal governments is a huge benefit to the residents of Dawson Creek and to the rural areas that access potable water from our system.The money will provide British Columbians with cleaner water and more reliable water sources. The fund is meant to provide Clean Water and Wastewater to people across British Columbia and to also rehabilitate and improve the quality of water.”

The City said in a statement that Completion of this project will allow the City to treat around 8000 cubic meters of water per day which is more than currently possible, minimizing the current stress on the City’s system and providing opportunity for future growth.

So far, 35 projects have been approved for funding which totals over $36.1 million in federal funding and over $23.8 million in provincial funding.

More projects will be added following an intake process that will open on September 30, 2016. The intake closes Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

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